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Of the thousands and thousands of Democrats in my town very few are ready to step up and actually be a Democrat except at voting time. We have a very active anti fracking group, Erie Rising, not sure what they are doing now that it comes time to actually work on voting. The former head of the Democratic Party in Colorado lives in my town and she has dedicated most of her life towards progressive Democratic goals, now she is retired and attempting to relax a little. She still shows up to be counted when it’s  important.

There is more to being a Democrat than actually voting. We have a platform that is our written statement of ideals and goals. Of the thousands and thousands of Democrats that live where you do, you could be one of those who actually wright the platform. The smallest unit of a party is the precinct, and if your precinct is like mine you could be the one to write the platform just by showing up. Pat Waak the former Chairperson of our state party was the only one to show up at her precinct, I was the only one at mine. There were two other sole members of precincts and one precinct that had no representation at all. This was at our Democratic caucus.

The next day I took our preferences up to county headquarters in Greely. I was the only person to make the commitment to be the person to work on GOTV in our whole town all 5 precincts. Others were happy to go to the county caucus or be election judges, both important contributions that we need. Halfway through our caucus a young guy came by, maybe 25 years old. He was running to be our representative at the state house.

I’m not overly partisan myself. I know plenty of conservatives and Republicans that I call friend. I can think of more than one issue where I’m more apt to side with what are commonly considered Republican sides of an issue. Despite that I’ll always vote for any and all Democrats instead of a Republican, even if it’s on an issue I feel strongly about. That’s how our system is set up. Democratic and Republican majorities in our state and in our federal legislatures determine who sets the agendas and who makes the laws. It’s that simple.

Of the thousands and thousands of Democrats where you live only a very small number of them are willing to stand up and donate just one evening to say what they think of any issue at all. You could be that Democrat. An even fewer number of Dems will knock on the door of another Democrat and ask them to go vote, or call that same Dem to ask them to return their mail in ballot.

Thousands and thousands of Democrats. What a difference it would make if more than one or two would do something, anything, to make sure Democrats voted in the upcoming election. ALEC has money, everyone has money, not many have people, you could be one of those people. Some will run for office, and I’ll support them in any way I can, even if I disagree on them on some fundamental issues. Others will knock on doors, clipboard in hand, but running for office or knocking on a strange door or even calling strangers on the phone, is just a little too public for many people to  manage, and that’s ok, there are things for everyone to do. When I delivered those caucus results to Greeley the other day there were people waiting to take them and sort all the paperwork and tabulate results. There’s always something that needs doing.

Will you take the next step to being a Democrat?

Main drag in Attapue Provincial Capital, Boloven Plateau in background, no caucusing here.

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  •  I agree. (11+ / 0-)

    The expression,
    "All hat, no cattle" comes to mind.

    Engaged activism is key.
    It's how Republicans beat Dems often.

    Diaries preach to the choir; finding like minded brethren and getting them to the polls is the single idea Dems fail to grasp.

    Suddenly, it dawns on me, Earnest T. Bass is the intellectual and philosophical inspiration of the TeaParty.

    by Nebraska68847Dem on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 06:39:11 PM PST

  •  I'm phone banking for Daylin Leach (Pa-13th) (13+ / 0-)

    He's running for Congress for the seat abandoned by Allyson Schwartz in her bid for PA governor and IF HE WINS I will guarantee you that you will see things that the U.S. Congress hasn't seen in recent memory.

    You heard it here first.

    •  Can phone banking be done at home? (5+ / 0-)

      n/t?

      •  It depends on the candidate's (5+ / 0-)

        set-up but I think so. I've usually done it from a temporary office the campaign rents out but there is definitely home phone banking. (OFA for example)  It's been featured here on this site many times. You should contact the candidate's campaign office and ask.

        •  Right. (3+ / 0-)
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          ban nock, Kasoru, JamieG from Md

          It depends if the campaign office is set-up to allow outsiders in (don' want no Repugnicans calling our registered Dems).

          I worked two House races last go-around, but it was via a link thru MoveOn.org (Ruiz in California and Synema in AZ).

          After seeing the miserable turnout for Davis in Texas, I think I'mna work Arizona races this time. It's a purple state that we need firmly blue going forward.

          For me to phone bank from Nebraska will take some extra work to find the in-roads. I'm up for it.

          I wore out a cell phone last cycle... see if I can wear two out this time!

          Suddenly, it dawns on me, Earnest T. Bass is the intellectual and philosophical inspiration of the TeaParty.

          by Nebraska68847Dem on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:24:37 PM PST

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      •  Usually, via you're computer (7+ / 0-)

        the Obama campaign has had very good computer generated call lists that give you a script to follow and a very few questions to answer. The results you enter are used to update master lists instantly showing voter sentiment and intents and are able to give real time feed back to candidates.

        I hope the national party is doing something similar this time. The questions were very simple and often innocuous. Voter preference, that kind of thing.

        The goals were also very limited. You'd call maybe 20 numbers at a session. I was able to phone bank while helping the kids with homework or trimming cartridges.

        We had very good turnout locally in 10 and 12. We won some races we were supposed to lose.

        “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

        by ban nock on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:20:23 PM PST

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  •  I talk to those that I can (4+ / 0-)

    Want to get out more but even taking a shower is tiring.. but at least I do what I can.

  •  I can't call myself a den and feel good about it (3+ / 0-)
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    ban nock, oldpotsmuggler, CA Nana

    I am way left of the democratic party. I end up voting for dems, more often than not holding my nose. And I even try to convince others that there are valid reasons why they should too (supreme court, etc), which is challenging when they view all politicians as similarly soiled. And they are not far from being right on that point in my view.

    Being "a little bit less bad than the republicans" is not a very strong argument in your favor. And apparently, very sadly, I read a diary today showing that the DNC literally made a sticker saying essentially that "not a republican." Well, let's not set the bar too high.

    Nope. Not a dem. Vote for them. Advocate for a few of them. But can't in good conscience consider myself one of them.  One of you all here, sure. But the folks who get elected as dems? No fucking way. Not until a whole lot more of them resemble Warren, Feingold, Sanders (pun intended) and Wellstone.

    Power to the Peaceful!

    by misterwade on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:13:22 PM PST

    •  That's ok, like I said I also know lots of (3+ / 0-)
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      Kasoru, Larsstephens, misterwade

      Republicans. I was pretty much writing for Democrats, but good luck to you whichever party you are in.

      “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

      by ban nock on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:23:59 PM PST

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      •  your diary makes valid points (1+ / 0-)
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        ban nock

        Essentially you are saying that if we want better democrats we need to become involved and help create an environment where better ones can be successful. At least that's how I take it.

        I am not in any party. I would like to feel good about being a democrat, but it's hard to support an organization that mostly isn't in line with my values. Closer to the republicans, but that isn't saying much.

        I appreciate your efforts. And I agree that if we want to take the party back then it needs to be infiltrated by progressives.

        Perhaps someday I will swallow my pride and join up?

        Power to the Peaceful!

        by misterwade on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 11:02:02 PM PST

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  •  It's never been easier to be a Democrat. (3+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, ban nock, oldpotsmuggler

    Especially when the other party is promulgating genocide against the 99%.

    "One of the boss' hangers-on sometimes comes to call, at times you least expect. Tryin' to bully you, strongarm you, inspire you with fear--it has the opposite effect."--Bob Dylan, "Floater"

    by oldmaestro on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:24:58 PM PST

  •  Now all we need are candidates (2+ / 0-)
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    misterwade, ban nock

    that act, legislate and avoid external cash influences like solid Democrats used to once they achieve office.

    I know, I know- too much to ask - but a man can dream, no?

  •  Yeah man (3+ / 0-)
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    Larsstephens, Kasoru, ban nock

    The Democratic Party in my County is so dead that I can't help but laugh.
    I've been trying for a couple years to volunteer for my local party, but there's nothing to do. As in...they do nothing. No voter registration, no GOTV.

    I went to my caucus on Tuesday. It was actually 2 Precincts meeting in one room since we're small & rural. Luckily, I convinced one neighbor to go with me since he's the only other Democratic in my precinct I know. We were the only--THE ONLY!--people to show up for my Precinct. A husband & wife from the other Precinct showed up right at 7...but that was it. No leader, no Precinct Captain, no Dem Party rep, I'm talkin NOBODY else showed up. Besides a sign on the door of the Town Hall, you would never have guessed there was anything happening.
    That my local Democratic Party is so defunct is maddening. No wonder I have a Republican Congressman...
    A couple months ago, someone here on dkos joked that I should just take it over as the folks nominally in charge were ripe for removal. I shrugged it off--but now, I am mad enough to do whatever it takes to have a Democratic Party in La Plata County. If we lose elections, we lose elections, but damn--I can't not bother to fight before we lose. That's unpatriotic!

    The better I know people, the more I like my dog.

    by Thinking Fella on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:34:30 PM PST

    •  I'm curious if they gave you a caucus packet (1+ / 0-)
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      Thinking Fella

      with info about electing precinct coordinators etc. If nothing else you could have written the platform for your precinct to rename the party the Lucy Betty Party.

      There were no contested primaries where I was this time, in 16 there might be and the delegates from your precinct could be important in deciding which Dem gets to run for senator or president in CO.

      Also don't forget, just showing up is sometimes enough. Our chances of winning our congressional race or our state senate/rep are slim to none, but if for any reason the Republican drops out entirely at the last minute the long shot candidate wins.

      I'd contact the La Platta Democratic Party or the CO Dems in Denver and ask about becoming the coordinator for your precinct or an election judge. Judge supervisors pay around $120 a day now here.

      “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

      by ban nock on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 04:49:08 AM PST

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  •  ie Poll.registered Independent (=unenrolled in MA) (1+ / 0-)
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    ban nock

    many MA Dems are registered as Independents/unenrolled. In fact, I am pretty sure there are more official independents here than there are registered Democrats.

    I have not voted for a Republican ever-that is in 2 decades and am a Progressive. I'm a Dem in all ways but party membership if there even is such a thing.

    I think many born and raised here in MA like to think, especially for non-national elections, that they vote for the person who is best not the party. That is why, I believe, we could elect 3 (if I could correctly) Rep governors in a row. Sadly, I think it contributed to the Scott Brown victory/debacle--the less political moderates told themselves "hey it's our state, our representative, we should vote for who we like best" and were adverse to considering the national impact, being non political and not following it much at the height of the recession.

     came close to voting for Weld (governor), a Rep, years ago because the Dem candidate Silber was odious. I couldn't bring myself to do it and filled in no box for Governor. Some day I may even vote in a Republican primary for a national office to be strategic, though I haven't yet as it seems like an abuse of the voting privilege.

  •  It's time to be a moral and ethical, American. No (0+ / 0-)

    "labels" required.

    “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

    by LamontCranston on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 08:39:35 AM PST

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